James Gunn rehired to direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’


In a huge reversal, Disney is welcoming James Gunn back to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

According to the report from Deadline - which was confirmed with Marvel Studios and James Gunn's camp - Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn met with Gunn on multiple occasions to discuss what had led to his firing.

Deadline Hollywood reports in an exclusive that Disney has brought Gunn back to Guardians, the superheroes-in-space franchise he kick-started to popularity for Marvel Studios.

Now, according to Deadline, Gunn will begin production on Guardians 3 once he concludes work on Suicide Squad 2. Horn reversed his decision to fire Gunn after the director's public apology and handling of the entire situation thereafter. For those that may not recall, Gunn was sacked from Marvel last summer when some old tweets he had made resurfaced. After his departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Gunn has been on a hiatus from Twitter, with fans being disappointed not only by his firing but also from the lack of insight the filmmaker would offer fans about his films.

Ultimately, Gunn's missives were poorly chosen words and not actions, though Disney's quick trigger was completely understandable when the social media messages were first reported by outlets like Fox News. "Although I don't support James Gunn's inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man", Pratt said.

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Gunn also confirmed the news on Twitter with an emotional statement.

"It's not to say I'm better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger".

Gunn added a thank you to Disney and said he was excited to "continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all". "Love you to you all". The first two films have made more than $1.5 billion U.S. in worldwide ticket sales.

James Gunn's return to Marvel got further complicated when he signed with DC to write and direct Suicide Squad.